You can find the following information on the White House site http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/09/28/presidential-memorandum-presidential-determination-respect-child-soldier
But I’m going to repeat it here:
SUBJECT: Determination with Respect to the Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008
Pursuant to section 404 of the Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008 (CSPA) (title IV, Public Law 110-457), I hereby determine that it is in the national interest of the United States to waive the application of the prohibition in section 404(a) of the CSPA with respect to Libya, South Sudan, and Yemen; and further determine that it is in the national interest of the United States to waive in part the application of the prohibition in section 404(a) of the CSPA with respect to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to allow for continued provision of International Military Education and Training funds and nonlethal Excess Defense Articles, and the issuance of licenses for direct commercial sales of U.S. origin defense articles; and I hereby waive such provisions accordingly.
You are authorized and directed to submit this determination to the Congress, along with the accompanying Memorandum of Justification, and to publish the determination in the Federal Register.
Now I know I am not ‘with it’ when it comes to politics until election time… but I put in bold what bothered me… in the actual act it talks about waiving the act… but here is one of the criteria:
the government of such country is taking reasonable steps to implement effective measures to demobilize child soldiers in its forces
Really, Libya, South Sudan, and Yemen have shown steps to get rid of child soldiers? Really? I’m starting to wish I lived in another country… though I love the USA and just wish this nonsense would stop. Maybe, just maybe I’m reading it wrong… any input?